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EPA Proposes New Rule For Defining “Waters Of The United States”

December 12, 2018

On Dec. 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Army signed a proposed rule revising the definition of "waters of the United States" to clarify federal authority under the Clean Water Act. The new rule would roll back Clean Water Act protections from vast networks of streams, wetlands and smaller waterways that feed drinking water sources across the country. 

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Ten Tips For A More Sustainable Holiday Season

December 12, 2018

Americans throw away about 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Simple changes around decorating, gift wrapping, and gift giving can make a significant sustainable and financial impact this holiday season.

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Environmental Groups Sue Feds To Stop Seismic Airgun Blasting In Atlantic Ocean

December 11, 2018

Leading environmental groups sued the federal government today to prevent seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean. The process, which is the first step toward offshore drilling, would harm marine life, including whales, dolphins, fish and zooplankton – the foundation of the ocean food web.

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RPCA To Host Natural Resources Land Management Meeting

December 10, 2018

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities’ Natural Resources Division will host a meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Park Operations Building, 2900 Business Center Drive to provide information about natural resource management and best practices in the City.

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EPA Proposes Revisions To Emissions Control For Coal-Fired Power Plants

December 7, 2018

On Dec. 6, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to revise the New Source Performance Standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new, modified and reconstructed fossil fuel-fired power plants. EPA will take comment on the proposed standards for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register and hold a public hearing.

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Pikes Branch Stream Restoration Meeting Scheduled

December 7, 2018

The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a community stream walk and public meeting Wednesday, Dec. 12 on plans to restore Pikes Branch along Telegraph and Old Telegraph roads.

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Udall, Beyer Introduce Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act To Safeguard America’s Biodiversity

December 6, 2018

U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) today introduced the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2018 to protect and restore fish, wildlife, and plant species, in particular, those that are at risk to habitat loss and fragmentation – a major factor in species decline and extinction.

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Department Of Forestry To Receive Federal Grant To Assist In Water Quality Efforts

December 6, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is providing a grant of $850,000 for a regional multi-state proposal led by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for water quality efforts in several localities within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Beyer Calls For Swift Action On Legislation To Block Seismic Airgun Blasting

November 30, 2018

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today called for swift consideration of his bill, the bipartisan Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection (ASAP) Act, following an announcement by the National Marine Fisheries Service that the Trump Administration had formally approved permitting for seismic blasting in the Atlantic ocean.

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Ignoring Bipartisan Opposition, The Trump Administration Appears Ready To Approve Dangerous Seismic Blasting

November 30, 2018

Following reports that the Trump administration is preparing to issue permits needed for seismic blasting despite virtually unanimous coastal opposition, the Southern Environmental Law Center released the following statement:

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